"This house was built in 1927 as an apartment for the Chancellor. When I moved in, I quickly chose the spire (then the library) to be my study; today I keep my books and many of my favourite things here. The original spire was part of the Cathedral designs drawn up by architect Richard Lankershire, but it collapsed and was later rebuilt. Today the whole Cathedral is in a bit of a precarious state so we’re currently working to raise €3 million to refurbish it, including €1 million specifically for the tower and spire.
"I sleep in the spire too! Well, in its basement. This bed is a favourite piece of mine, and it dates back to the period known as William IV, who was King of England at the time. This bed is appropriate because it was his wife, Queen Adelaide, who commissioned the building of the Cathedral here, and paid for it too. I bought this bed from an antiques dealer in Northamptonshire in 1980.
"To mark my 25th anniversary since joining the priesthood, my parishioners at the time gave me two very special gifts, and this is one of them – a statue of the Virgin Mary that dates back to 17th-century Burgundy. It’s very unusual to see a statue of Mary not holding baby Jesus, which hints she may have been part of a pair.
"I absolutely love hats, and these are a few from my collection. My favourite is the one on the left – it’s a clergyman’s tri-corn dating back to the 18th century. It originally belonged to the famous hymn writer Rev HF Lyte, who wrote Abide With Me. I bought it when it came up for sale many years after his death. As for the soldier action figure, he was given to me by a friend as a bit of fun when I joined the territorial army.
"This naval sword was given to me when I joined the navy in the 1970s. Back then it was tradition for your parents to buy you a sword of this sort on graduation, but mine bought me some uniforms instead, so this was given to me by a friend. It was made in Birmingham, a place well-associated with military weaponry."